In NRC Handelsblad at least twenty men and women accuse artist Julian Andeweg (34) of transgressive behavior. The newspaper spoke to four women who declared to the police that they had been victims of rape, domestic violence, intimidation or stalking. The newspaper is also known for nine allegations of sexual assault by the artist, whose work hangs in the Maastricht Bonnefanten Museum, among others. Others accuse him of threat or theft.
One woman says she was beaten or kicked almost weekly for two years. Another says that he pushed her against the wall in a dark room and grabbed her by the crotch.
Julian Frenky Andeweg (he writes his first name with two a’s) graduated in 2012 from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. He successfully applied for a job at the prestigious Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He was nominated for the Royal Prize for Painting in 2018. At the opening event in the Royal Palace, he took a picture with the king.
The charges against Andeweg span a period of at least fourteen years, from his high school days to an incident at an artist’s party in December last year. Not everyone wants to be mentioned by name in the NRC piece and there are also people who were too scared to cooperate. “I’m still afraid with every shadow that it will show up,” the newspaper quotes an ex-girlfriend.
Those who do want to talk criticize the lax attitude of academies, galleries and other art institutions, where the stories about Andeweg were known but not performed. The police, the newspaper writes, did not investigate until this summer.
The Public Prosecution confirms that it has started an investigation into Andeweg. The artist himself has not yet been reached by the NOS.